It’s been a slow day in the Football Transfer Tavern today but there has been some excitement at reports emerging from Metro.
The publication suggest that Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers remains confident that Luis Suarez will sign a new deal at Anfield despite interest from Real Madrid.
The Uruguayan international made it very clear that he had a desire to depart the Reds during pre-season after hearing of interest from the Bernabeu club.
But despite intense speculation about his future, Suarez stayed at Anfield for the new season.
Madrid weren’t the only suitors as Arsenal saw two bids rejected for the former Ajax striker and now Rodgers’ faith has been repaid as Suarez returned from his ban in stunning form with six goals in his first five games including a hat-trick against West Bromwich Albion at the weekend.
Now Rodgers has insisted that the striker, who has two-and-a-half years left on his current contract, will be at the club for the long term.
“I think he, like ourselves, wants to be at the very highest level he can be,” Rodgers said.
“And you can see by his performances he deserves to be looking at that level. But it also shows he has been excellent in his attitude, you see his work rate – that is the key.
“For me, this is the place for Luis. I still maintain that even if we were in mid-table this would be the place for him to be because this is a massive club – a global institution.
“But as a football club and as a team we are growing – and he can grow with us. Luis has the support of everyone at the club and the love of everyone and because this is a worldwide institution, there is no better place for him to grow.
“When a player is happy and working well you get a performance like you did [against West Brom].”
These reports have brought big smiles to Reds fans in the bar as they look forward to a possible Premier League title challenge under Rodgers.
Will Suarez now pen a contract extension at Anfield? Let us know your thoughts below.
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